Liv Penrose Punnett

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Olivia (Liv) Penrose Punnett

Lecturer in Fine Art


Liv Penrose Punnett is a curator and lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Drawn to alternative ways of knowing, Liv uses contemporary art to unpick, question, and re-imagine and has curated numerous Arts Council supported exhibitions and events including working with artists Dorothy Cross, Feral Practice, Susan Hiller and Tai Shani.
Her artistic practice includes printmaking, installation, and projection, and her works are held in the British Library, The Tetley, The Ruskin Archive, and the Tate Library and Archive.

Currently, Liv works at Artes Mundi, an international contemporary visual arts organisation and the UK's largest art prize, she is part of curatorial project MuSE with Catherine Rogers and Chantal Powell, and on the a-n Artists Information Companies Artists Council.

With specific attention to rurality and intersectional environmentalism, she is a co-founder of Haarlem Artspace, a rural contemporary studio and gallery in Derbyshire, and holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award, the SIA Gallery Award and the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Award.


College of Social Sciences and Arts

Courses taught:

- Fine Art

Modules taught:

- Art Practice


- Counterculture in the countryside: rave and rebellion
- Mythological Search Engine MuSE Artists Collective with Chantal Powell and C.S.T Rogers


Curatorial Projects
2022    Wales Venice 10 Fellowship and Commission Programme with Artes Mundi & Arts Council Wales
2021     A Strange Kind of Knowing, Arusha Gallery London, and Haarlem Artspace Wirksworth.
2021     Pleasure Ground Residency Ama Josephine Budge, Adam Moore & Verity Birt, Ingestre           Orangery
2020     re:rural-four contemporary artists un-learn and re-imagine the rural, Annalee Davis, Feral Practice, Deirdre O’Mahony, Pauline Woolley. Haarlem Artspace.
2019     Fieldwork, Fourthland, Tazelaar Stevenson, Michael Page, David Steans, speakers Glennie Kindred, Helen Jukes, Mary Wiltshire, Dr Chris Thornhill, Penny Newell. Haarlem Artspace.
2019     Something Unusual On Cicchetti Community Event, curated by Lera Berest, Liv Punnett & Daniela Hediger. Venice Biennial, Dorsoduro, 943, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
2019     Collectivism Residency Haarlem Artspace Derbyshire.
2018     Where Rock & Hard Place Meet, Victoria Lucas, Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth Festival.
2017     Internal Nebular, Dorothy Cross, Alastair Mackie and Liz Orton. Haarlem Artspace Exhibition (Guardian Guide Editors Pick 15/09/2017).
2017     Print and Works on Paper, Bronwen Sleigh, Joan Ainley, Beth Bowie and Geoff Diego Litherland. Mercia Wirksworth

Member of The Climate History Network / Member of the Higher Education Academy / Member of The New Centre for Research & Practice / Member Culture Action Europe

•   Ellen Wilkinson, 27/01/2022, Now Showing: This month’s must-see exhibitions and events, a-n The Artists Information Company,
•   Alexander Clarke, 17/12/21 Primordial Whispers at Arusha Gallery, Trebuchet Magazine,
•   Anna Souter, 28/09/2020 RE: RURAL, The learned Pig Magazine,
•   Jonathan Jones, 2019/09/2020, Guardian Review for re-rural
•   Alice Fisher, 19/09/2020, Wild plants of Barbados illustrated on plantation ledgers – in pictures, The Observer Magazine,
•   Sara Jaspan, 26/02/2018 Exploring PAPER with Olivia Punnett, The Fourdrinier,

Collaborators and sponsors

- Artes Mundi
- Haarlem Artspace


Other activities

 - a-n Artists Information Company Artists Council Member
 - Quality Assessor for Arts Council England (ad hoc)
 - Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (RSA)


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